everyone at the table Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers in Evaluaton Reform
"I feel the idea that teachers are making some decisions, even if that's scary at first, seems far preferable."

–Teacher From New Orleans

Building Support: Share Your Story

The best way to build widespread support for bringing teachers' voices into the teacher evaluation reform dialogue is to share success stories. After you explore and use the Everyone at the Table resources, please send us your story. We want to share what went well and where helpful lessons were learned.

To share your story on engaging teachers in evaluation reform, please contact:

Ellen Sherratt
American Institutes for Research
20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1231
Chicago, IL 60606-2901

esherratt@air.org

Testimonials From the Field

“The materials from Everyone at the Table were so helpful. They enabled us to depoliticize the evaluation dialogue in the Los Angeles school district. This was the first opportunity most of our teachers had to talk about evaluation in a safe space. The materials are thoughtfully designed; they’re a ready-made, customizable protocol to collect qualitative feedback from teachers quickly and efficiently.”

―John Lee, Executive Director, TeachPlus LA

 

“When I first heard about Everyone at the Table, I didn’t know what to expect. But I already liked the concept of teachers getting together and discussing important issues that affect all teachers and students.

“After having a conference call, I was one of the people asked to facilitate the discussion with teachers at our school. I was really curious to see how everybody felt about teacher assessments. And after watching the video on the website and going through the material, our group was ready to have the discussion.

“This was probably the first time I had time to talk to other teachers about issues we all face, and it was absolutely wonderful. From the beginning, we felt really free to be ourselves and openly share our thoughts, going from question to question. I was able to facilitate the discussion easily, and each member of our group was able to voice their thoughts, while another facilitator wrote down what everybody thought on the board.

“For me, the whole experience was refreshinghaving time to discuss issues and come up with ideas that could become law in the future. There was a sense of camaraderie and respect in our group as we wrote down our ideas. Seeing how well this worked, I think schools should adapt the idea of ‘everyone at the table’ whenever important decisions have to be made. That way, everybody is heard and everybody has a chance to give input. Voting on such things is also importantso that whenever policies are made, everyone has a chance to have a say.

“What was interesting for me was that most of the people agreed on how they want the teacher assessments to be done. Now I’m also curious to see what the other groups say and what the rest of the people in the country think.”  

―Miriam Shumba, Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse Charter School, Detroit, Michigan

 


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